COUNTY BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT FOR WORK ON SORENTO ROAD
The Bond County Board met Tuesday night and approved a global agreement, presented by Highway Engineer Mike McMcormick, on the funding responsibilities for upcoming work on the Sorento Road. $1.5 million will be federally funded, while $168,000 comes from the state and $377,000 will be the county's responsibility.
In other business, two vacancies were announced on the Seagrave's Cemetery Board after Michael Evans and Elaine Anthony both submitted their resignations early Tuesday morning. Ffurther discussion about the cemetery was tabled until State's Attorney Chris Bauer can gather more information. Board members agreed they would like to get the matter resolved as soon as possible.
Mike Bingham spoke on behalf of the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District asking for the board to write letters to lawmakers regarding funds that have yet to be released by the Governor. Of the $84,000 allocated to the local district, only $18,000 has been received. Bingham said the many districts throughout the state will have to close by July 1st. Board members agreed to show their support.
ILLINOIS CAMPUS SECURITY TASK FORCE RELEASES REPORT
The Illinois Campus Security Task Force, created following the Virginia Tech tragedy, recently released it's report concerning campus security issues and recommendations for increasing security at the more than 180 institutions of higher learning in Illinois. The task force recommended two legislative proposals: the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 and the Campus Security Enhancement Grant Program. Under the Campus Security Enhancement Act, institutions would be required to develop and exercise an all-hazards emergency response plan and a violence prevention plan. The Campus Security Enhancement Grant Program provides 25 million dollars to fund campus security response and violence prevention training programs.